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Rotary seeds playground project

by: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN At Thursday's dedication and ribbon-cutting of the walking path and gazebo at Lot Whitcomb Elementary in Milwaukie, Glen Rissberger, left, and Bill Stewart, a Clackamas County deputy district attorney, were on hand to celebrate with students, parents, educators and donors.

A conversation between two Clackamas Rotary members about encouraging student health by providing more outdoor learning opportunities at Lot Whitcomb Elementary School led to a half-mile loop walking path around the school property, a new large gazebo and play structures.

Rotary led the project funding effort with $2,000 in seed money that eventually resulted in $30,000 in direct cost and in-kind contributions.

'The gazebo has already been used as an outdoor classroom,' said Sid Ong, Lot Whitcomb Elementary School principal. 'The students love it and the teachers are delighted to have a covered space to work with students outside of the classroom.'

Contributors on the Lot Whitcomb project include Convey Supply, HomeMasters of Oregon, DMS Architects, Stone Creek Building and Development, Rowell Engineering, Precision Truss and Lumber, Clackamas County Community Development and the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Fund.

The next phase of the development is to furnish the gazebo with permanent furniture which may include tables, chairs and benches.